No time to relax against lowly Casuals

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Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor believes his side can take a step towards safety on Saturday with a victory at 21st-placed Corinthian Casuals.

Town have slowly slipped into danger in the Ryman Division One South and now sit just six points and three places above Casuals and the drop zone.

An encouraging start to the season propelled Bloor’s side into the division’s top half, but the young side have found winning runs hard to come by.

Tuesday’s hard-founght draw at Dulwich Hamlet ended a run of four consecutive defeats and a further three points this weekend would give Town some much-needed breathing space.

Casuals manager Brian Adamson told the Richmond and Twickenham Times this week his side would be “expecting to get something” from the clash. For Bloor, simply not losing is crucial.

He said, “They’re all important games, we’ve got games coming up against the teams around us. We don’t want to be dragged into a relegation scrap.

“A point (at Casuals) would be acceptable, because they would lose two, if you see what I mean. Ideally I’d like to go there and get a win.

“I want to get a few more wins, then we can relax and maintain our status.”

After being forced into a reshuffle at Dulwich on Tuesday, when three of his players arrived late, Bloor is set to restore captain Greg Manton to the centre of defence alongside Steve Elliot.

While he admits he has not yet decided whether to use Dean Brooks as a makeshift striker once again.

Brooks scored Town’s goal in last Saturday’s abandoned match with Horsham YMCA.

Meanwhile Tim Rivers could start, but Matt Ferdinando is a doubt after his midweek exertions.